Friday Forecast: Kayu Handbags

Kayu - Design - Handbags

Do I normally discover new brands on Burlingame Avenue?

Nope!

So I was VERY surprised to discover KAYU on ‘The Ave’ in my hometown of Burlingame, CA. The Ave is filled with ALL the generic shopping. Insert a J.Crew, Apple and Banana Republic AND you’ve got yourself Burlingame Avenue. Nothing new or exciting there – Sorry Burlingame.

Discovering a brand that is based in Burlingame, but sold on Shopbop, Bloomingdale’s and Moda Operandi NEVER HAPPENS!

Kayu - Design - Handbags

SO, I was nearly shocked when I stumbled upon the KAYU boutique next to the new Lemonade restaurant on the Ave.  KAYU began in 2008 during a trip to Malaysia by the founder, Jamie Lynn. While searching for gifts to bring back to friends in the US, Jamie realized that all the beautiful handicrafts that she grew up with as a child had disappeared and were replaced with cheap, synthetic alternatives. She started working with artisans in South East Asia on a line of accessories that were made using traditional techniques but infused with a modern Californian sensibility. After an overwhelming response from the media and stores she quit her corporate job and dedicated herself full time to making handcrafted accessories. She called the company KAYU which means “wood” in Malay; an ode to her cultural heritage.

Kayu - Design - Handbags

Capped off by a rough-cut stone closure, the woven raffia KAYU clutch above adds an earthy glamour to resort wear and it is also a reflection of their commitment to using natural materials like straw, wood and shell. I snagged this clutch right before Christmas and have not stopped wearing it. It adds just the right amount of sparkle to a holiday look and can easily be dressed down for a casual day look – love it with this mega sale dress from IRO.

Stop by the Kayu shop on the Ave. next time you are in Burlingame

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Shop some of my favorite bags from Kayu here:

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